The review of subdivisions and land developments is an important part of local municipal planning commissions, which impacts how our communities look. Penn State Extension, as part of the PA Municipal Planning Education Institute, will be conducting a Course in Subdivision & Land Development on September 18, 25 & October 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Moscow Borough Hall, 123 Van Brunt St., Moscow, PA 18444.
Potatoes sometimes get a bad rap as many folks believe that they cause weight gain. Potatoes are considered a vegetable; however, because they are a starchy vegetable, it is recommended to eat only up to five cups a week based on a 2000 calorie diet. Every day we should strive to eat two and one half cups of vegetables.
Do you enjoy gardening? Do you like to share gardening tips with your friends? Would you like to become a Penn State Master Gardener? The 2014-2015 Master Gardener training course for the Pocono District (Pike, Wayne, Monroe and Carbon) is scheduled for Thursday Evenings, 6:00PM to 8:30PM, at the Monroe County Extension Office, 724 Phillips Street, Suite 201, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, from October 2, 2014 through March 5, 2015. The application should be completed and returned by Friday, September 22, 2014.
Often one of the jobs of the kitchen helpers is to clear the table and put away any leftovers. Food storage containers can be great tools for kitchen helpers, or they can be a nightmare. Choosing the proper food storage containers is important both for food safety and food quality. Food safety experts warn not to reuse packaging materials such as paper, paperboard, and expanded foam containers, like foam cups and foam meat trays. These containers have air spaces that will store food particles and bacteria.
Rice is an economical food for family meals. It is a good source of energy, and can supply vitamins and minerals to the diet. It is generally classified as a grain, but in family meals it can be used as a cereal, as a substitute for potatoes, in soups, and as a dessert. The custom of throwing rice at weddings is a survival of the ancient Chinese religious belief that rice is the symbol of fertility.
At this year’s Penn State Extension Master Gardener State Conference, the Master Gardeners of Pike County were presented with a second place “Search for Excellence - Innovative Projects” award for their Broad Street Pollinator Garden, and a third place “Search for Excellence - Youth Programming” award for a Spider Days educational program.
The Columns Museum partnered with Pike County 4-H to provide the Back in the Day Adventure.
The Penn State Extension Strong Women/Growing Stronger Program Team, has won the 2014 Penn State Extension Award of Excellence for Outstanding Program Achievement.
Participants at last month’s free Herb Workshop, “A Tasteful Landscape,” thought the program was a hit.
Pocono District's Pike Extension office has the unique opportunity to serve our veterans. The Veterans Affairs Office is situated within the Extension Building.
Summer is the season when vegetables are available. They are popping up at road side stands, farmers markets, maybe even your own backyard. It is a great time of year for enjoying vegetables and to introduce new vegetables to children.
Many families with different cultures have different eating habits and manners when eating together at the table.
Have you tried soap and water? It's that easy.
Purple coneflower, native to the Eastern and Central U.S., is tough, drought tolerant, easy to grow, and attracts wildlife to the garden. In 1998, E. purpurea ‘Magnus’ was named “Perennial Plant of the Year” by the Perennial Plant Association. Since then its popularity has exploded.
After our prolonged winter and cold spring, we are all looking forward to the warm days of summer and the colorful flowers and tasty fresh vegetables which they bring. However, the excessive heat and lack of rain that often occur during the summer months will require watering our gardens.
Since almost all insects found in the typical lawn are beneficial and since those which are harmful rarely appear in the quantities required to create noticeable damage, the list of insects we as homeowners need to worry about is fairly limited. The white grubs, however, often appears at the top of this list. If left unchecked, it can appear in sufficient numbers to cause detrimental harm to our lawns.
There are more ticks in more places than ever before and numbers are soaring. The presence of ticks is being tracked by TickSpotters. In the northeast, deer ticks are loaded with pathogens. One in every three deer ticks transmits some disease agent.
Collecting and cooking with native flowers can add a whole new dimension to your culinary palate.
1. Do all vegetable leaves have the same vein pattern? 2. Methods for Drying flowers
Staff members of the Pocono District (Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties) of Penn State Extension met recently at The Pocono Plateau in Cresco, PA.